Pokemon Black and White 2 is the sequel to Pokemon Black and White, a series which raised the bar for me in what the story in a Pokemon game could be. This was a mistake after finishing the next game in this long running series. With that opening out of the way lets review a game.
Graphics/Presentation:The newest entry in the pokemon series has decent graphics for the system. Although a bit dated if it wasn't for the animated sprites during battle, and the 3D models used in the overworld. The cities are nicely built and each has a unique flare to where I could tell where I was out without any problem. The sprites for the NPCs are nice for a top down style RPG and so goes the character portraits in battle. The graphics are nice, bright, and crisp; unlike DS games that try to have 3D models and look dark and muddy. I was very impressed with some of the in-game cut-scenes during the more important story bits of the game, and blown away by the in-battle effects for the champion fight. When you get to that fight it is just to pretty, and I was just excited to let the fight drag on for that one reason.
Gameplay: I can summarize very quickly, play any other Pokemon game to get a feel for this one. Outside of user interface upgrades the gameplay is more or less the same as the previous version, which is fine from a sequel game like this. A nice few gameplay addition was the World Championships and the Movie Studio. The Movie Studio is the new replacement for the Pokemon Contest in past games, it's not bad I enjoyed how it's a mission based game rather then fashion and rhythm from the past games. I still miss the original Pokemon Contests where it felt like battles in of themselves. The World Championship is a tournament style battle where all the Gym Leaders from past games join in the fight. This is very fun and exciting for a fan of the series to take part in, and I'm glad Nintendo took the time to put this in rather then the Battle Train.
|The most badass Team leader in Pokemon ever|
Conclusion: While the game in of itself is not bad and is perfectly fine, for me it represents that Pokemon for me is pretty much dead. I've been playing since 1998 and now it just blurs together as one game looking back on it. After playing for 14 years, I've found better games of this ilk to play that at least has a interesting story to it. If you're not burned out on Pokemon yet I say give it a go, if you are burned out pass up on this latest journey to "catch them all".